Month: May 2015

What I’d Wear When

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Dress // Heels // Earrings // Clutch

I really love theater. Just about any kind of play or musical will do, but since I’m a total nerd, Shakespeare is my favorite. It helps that the members of my favorite local troop are really friendly and sing thematically-appropriate modern songs, plus they have an awesome new theater. But that aside, I love heading out to see a play. It’s more engaging than a movie, and a little more intellectual, and it’s the perfect escape on a warm summer night. It’s an event that lends itself well to being paired with a relaxed dinner, too, and it’s the perfect time to dress up just a little – a cute dress and some shiny heels do the trick.

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Floral Shorts

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New York and Company shirt | New York and Company shorts (similar options here, here and here) | Birkenstock sandals | Vintage necklace | Target purse

Shorts are not my friend (generally speaking). I don’t love my legs, but Baltimore’s crazy-humid, crazy-hot summers don’t allow for pants. Perhaps it’s just me, but the majority of shorts I run across are teeny tiny and tight. But last year I was determined, and stopped in NY&Co after finding my favorite pair of white jeans there. I walked out with two pairs that are not only comfortable and a decent length but cute, and this is one. The shirt is a fun story too – I just grabbed it to try on shorts with, expecting to hate it – but I ended up loving it and ever since, I’ve worn it constantly, year-round. It’s kind of a plain outfit, but it was insanely humid this past weekend and I couldn’t imagine wearing something more complicated.

(By the way, that picture in the background is a part of The Walters Art Museum’s Off The Wall open-air exhibit. The picture is actually pretty weird, so I’m giving you a link to the Wikipedia article on it. Everything in the bottom left corner is bizarre and hysterical.)

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Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

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I think biscottis are kind of underrated. They seem simple, but dipping them in chocolate makes them an indulgent companion to a cup of coffee. I always love the idea of having one at breakfast – because what’s better than a cookie for breakfast? (and a chocolate-dipped one at that?). They’re simple enough to make, and you can mix in pretty much whatever you want. I went for pistachios and used this recipe as a base – perhaps it’s because I doubled it, or maybe the eggs I used were abnormally large, but I had to add in about an extra 1/2 cup of flour so it wasn’t a total sticky disaster. That being said, it’s hard to mess these up, especially since you cook them twice. And, if all else fails, coat them in chocolate.

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Spring Jewelry Update


Minimalist Neutral: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9
Neon Statement: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I’m a little obsessed with statement jewelry…actually any jewelry (but who isn’t?). Lately though I’ve been a little torn between my love for bold pieces and more delicate, streamlined styles. I think they both work so well for spring, since a statement necklace can liven up a basic dress (as it did in this post) but simple gold pieces are unfussy and go with everything in my spring wardrobe. I’m totally in love with these marble and gold earrings, but I think this option strikes the perfect balance between simple + architectural and bold neon.

How about you? Which do you prefer?

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My Must-Watch Movies

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Do you have those movies that you just can’t help but watch, even if you own them/have seen them a thousand times? My little collection has grown over time (thanks HBO and Showtime for eating up hours of my life). Even if there’s that new TV show I want to start…or work to be done…or even if I’m in the middle of another program – if I see one of these is on, I have to watch it. I totally can’t resist – I know they’re going to make me laugh or cry or feel instantly better. They aren’t necessarily my all-time favorite movies (although The Way, Way Back and Silver Linings Playbook are certainly on that list), but they’re good enough and different enough that I’m pretty much always in the mood to watch one of them, and there’s almost always one of them playing on TV or available on demand. They’re pretty mainstream, but I thought I’d give a quick rundown of my seven must-watch movies (to convince you to watch them if you haven’t already).

1 // The Way, Way Back: My dad and I are kind of obsessed with this movie. (In all honesty, I watch it – or at least parts of it – several times a week. It’s a little insane.) I first watched it a long time ago and sort of forgot about it, but watched it again when it started popping up on HBO – and I sort of fell in love with it. Owen is one of my favorite characters ever, and the more you watch it, the more you pick up on – it really gets better every time you watch it (which is kind of hard to believe). It is seriously hysterical and surprisingly touching. If you haven’t seen it – watch it. Now.

2 // Les Misérables: I can’t imagine that anyone hasn’t seen this adaptation yet. It’s heart-wrenchingly sad, and I never make it through without crying. And the music…man, can those guys all sing.

3 // Silver Linings Playbook: This one’s also pretty popular, but for good reason. So much awesome dialogue and acting. And the dance scene at the end will never not be funny.

4 // About Time: I kind of got sucked into this movie by accident. I was having a bad/weird day, and this came on after another movie I had been watching (undoubtedly another one off this list). I had totally thought this was one of those horrendously cheesy Nicholas Sparks-esq movies, but it’s surprisingly not. I mean, it is a romantic comedy, but it’s also sci-fi – the movie is actually about the concept of time, as the title says. The whole romance only takes up the first half hour or so, and there are some cheesy but valuable life lessons mixed in. It’s such a lovely movie, and I bawl hysterically at the end.

5 // The Grand Budapest Hotel: This movie is aesthetically perfect. And the whole plot is quirky and bizarre and funny, which matches perfectly. Again, something you need to watch now if you haven’t already.

6 // The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Two things regarding this movie: one, the soundtrack is perfect. Two, it feeds my wanderlust like nothing else. Let that be a warning.

7 // Elizabethtown: This is kind of a bizarre movie, and one I came across by chance – I’d never actually heard of it before. It’s funny, and a little weird – Kirsten Dunst’s character is strange and amazing – it’s a unique movie about family and optimism (I suppose, that’s basically what I took from it).

Images from Wikipedia and IMDb

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